Canadian immigration minister Sean Fraser submitted a strategy plan that expands pathways to permanent residence for international students and temporary foreign workers.
Minister is responding to Motion 44 put forth by Randeep Sarai, the Liberal member of parliament for Surrey, British Columbia, through this strategic plan. The motion asks Fraser to fulfill his commitment toward temporary residents (including international students) as mentioned in his mandate letter when he assumed public office.
Canada is historically built on the success of immigrants in the country. With advancements in education standards and infrastructure in the country, Canada is able to attract & retain international students to benefit from their relatively young age, their Canadian credentials, their proficiency in English or French, and in some cases, their Canadian work experience.
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The strategy plan proposes a five-pillar approach that Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will follow to expand Canadian permanent residency pathways:
Pillar 1: Canada is expected to welcome 431,645 newcomers this year. The plan says it would include temporary residents in the pursuit of accomplishing this target. It would mean nomination draws will give more priority to immigrants with Canadian experience. We can expect the new 2023-2025 Immigration Levels Plan before November 1.
Pillar 2: Major reforms are proposed to reform the Express Entry system. IRCC would be able to invite candidates based on an economic goal, ie. candidates with specific occupation skills may be prioritized to apply for Canada PR, likely from early 2023.
Pillar 3: IRCC is planning to adopt the National Occupational Classification (NOC) 2021 on November 16. The government also aims to improve newcomers’ access to information to ensure that they meet the necessary qualifications and connect them to federal and provincial or territorial immigration programs.
Pillar 4: IRCC is pushing for more French immigration outside Quebec and adding a new Municipal Nominee Program. It would be done mostly in coordination with specific Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP). Educate yourself about Provincial Nominee Program by clicking here.
Pillar 5: IRCC is increasing processing capacity, improving client experience, and modernizing the immigration system through technological improvements. Canada is trying to get back to standard processing times pre-pandemic and allow more newcomers to become Canadian “as soon as possible.”
The above pillar approach outlines the bright future of IRCC in welcoming skilled immigrants in near future. Reports are even claiming a long-term positive impact of increasing immigration to Canada and it is more likely that the country will continue its liberal approach toward immigration.
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